Weaning people off litigation is a great idea, but would a little more warning have hurt? Lindsay Halliwell offers a cautious welcome to the new rules making it compulsory for divorcing couples to consider mediation
ADR & Mediation
Removing the rights of the victims of serious accidents to sue for negligence could trigger legal challenges under the European Convention, a leading public law silk has warned.
Charities must embrace a new way of thinking to survive, say Romaine Thompson and Gayle Monk
Children should only be taken into care for the right reasons, argues Finola Moss
The property market won't pick up until the debris of the financial crisis is cleared and lenders regain confidence, so what does the future hold for conveyancers? Brian Chrystal investigates
The RSPCA has lost its appeal against a decision invalidating a will in favour of the animal charity because the testator had been coerced into it.
Craig Howell Williams QC explains when mediation can be the solution to planning disputes
The green paper post-mortem paints a bleak picture of what civil legal aid provision will look like if the MoJ gets its way. For firms intent on continuing to provide legal aid services, the proposed ten per cent fee cut will slice such a large chunk off their thin profit margins that their very existence will be in question, possibly leaving only large volume suppliers in that space. Some sectors are already predicting that practices will have to turn away half of their clients, making substantial restructures, redundancies and closures a distinct possibility. So, as firms begin to digest the details of the coalition's consultation on legal aid cuts, the worst hit offer a snapshot of what their services may look like come the revolution.